126 Grafton Rd., Townshend, Vt.
The Second Chance Shoppe, located in downtown Townshend, is a unique consignment shop for next-to-new clothing for the whole family from name brands that aren’t necessarily available within the local area. Owner Peg Ellingwood has offered this unique shopping experience in her downtown location for 36 years. The shop is located in a big house from the 1800s that houses six rooms of merchandise from clothes for the whole family to books, unique housewares, textiles, and antiques. There is also a plus-size exclusive room that provides fashionable, designer women’s clothing for larger sizes.
Unlike thrift stores, which accept donations, the Second Chance Shoppe accepts consignments where the consigners receive 50 percent of the profit. Peg has 1,900 consigners. Some of the name brands that are sold include: Eileen Fisher, L.L. Bean, Talbots, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Coach, Dooney & Bourke, and more.
The Second Chance Shoppe accepts new consigners, and with the winter fast approaching, they are accepting snow boots and winter coats for women, plus size, men, and children. Interested consigners can call the shop to schedule an informal meeting time to sort through their merchandise. Peg requests that consigners bring batches of 20 items or fewer at a time, but consigners can always return with more merchandise another time.
Peg is joined in the shop by her daughter, Kate Ellingwood Chase, who manages the Facebook page and posts weekly new arrival items. Between Peg and Kate, they also like to give personal attention to shoppers looking for attire for special events and bring a very approachable and friendly service to the community.
“I’ve made lots of wonderful friends after 36 years,” Peg says. She remembers watching young children come into the shop with their parents and now they return as adults and “show me their new baby or new puppy.”
Peg enjoys the location of the Second Chance Shoppe. As it is located down the street from Leland and Gray Union High School and across the street from Grace Cottage Hospital, it is “in a nice spot in a nice walking village.”
Customers can see what interesting items are in stock on Facebook @thesecondchanceshoppe and stop into the shop Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.